The eighth-annual Red White and Bluegrass Festival unites ears at Catawba Meadows Park with the floating notes of 40 different bluegrass acts over five days (including the free "Fan Appreciation Day" acts on June 30). Bring a blue lawn chair and delight in the high, lonesome sound of such headliners as Larry Sparks & the Lonesome Ramblers, JD Crowe & The New South, and Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, which will close out the festival just before the fireworks. Half of the bands in the 2011 lineup have never performed at the festival, while the other half have been playing a collaborative art piece together since the festival's inception eight years ago.
Entering its 75th-anniversary season, Brevard Music Center displays the artistic progress made by its talented students by presenting an annual summer concert series. Led by current Boston Pops conductor and Brevard artistic director, Keith Lockhart, as well as a sea lion believed to be the reincarnation of Beethoven, the center enrolls more than 400 students aged 14 to 29 to study with its staff of distinguished artists. With this deal, concertgoers can soak up orchestral sounds from the best available seating in all three orchestra sections. Tickets for "Opening Night" on June 24 are still available, when the orchestra will roll through Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto in D major, op. 35, as well as two other pieces.
With an arsenal of informative magazines, elegant photographs, and illuminating documentaries, National Geographic has inspired planetary responsibility and natural wonderment for more than 120 years. Its latest filmed adventure, The Last Lions, ushers viewers into the wetlands of Botswana's Okavango Delta, where a lioness named Ma di Tau and her cubs fight for their survival. From fleeing raging fires and cub-killing rival prides to wading through crocodile-infested rivers and the supermarket at rush hour, this family suffers perils that leave audiences touched and awestruck. Crafted by award-winning filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert, and narrated by Jeremy Irons, The Last Lions aims to raise awareness of dwindling big-cat populations while sharing a compelling story of hope. The film is rated PG for depictions of the food-chain cycle without the accompaniment of an Elton John song.
Renowned psychic and medium Chip Coffey, star of A&E shows Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal and Paranormal State, ushers audiences through preternatural territories in Coffey Talk, a witty and cathartic journey into the unknown. Clairvoyant, clairaudient, and as scintillating as a ghost-whispering Truman Capote, Coffey uses his psychic gifts to counsel the bereaved, ease the haunted, and terrify fraudulent realtors. In this special round of Coffey Talk, Chip guides the event through two hair-raising chapters of powerful emotion at Spirit Square, one of Charlotte’s famously haunted places. The show starts with a question-and-answer session, in which Chip explains the paranormal and mankind’s inherent psychic abilities before honoring queries about his haunting experiences, his TV shows, and continuity errors in Ghostbusters. For Act II, Chip puts on his psychic-reading glasses to contact spirits for randomly selected members of the audience.
Praised by Spin magazine for including its audience in their worldly jams, Ozomatli has been spreading a Latin-tinged gospel of high-energy rock since its formation 14 years ago. After winning Grammies in 2002 and 2005, both for best Latin-rock/alternative album, the band continued to record and tour tirelessly. Known for its connection and commitment to its hometown of Los Angeles, Ozomatli has slowly become recognizable all over the world. Catch its move-inducing live show before it gets a steady late-night talk-show gig or becomes the first band in history to run for political office as a giant, musical, 14-armed organism.
The Greensboro Symphony’s mighty oak has grown from the most acornic of beginnings—its story started in the 1920s with a group of musicians at Woman's College. Over the years, the symphony has grown into a cultural cornerstone of the community, with community-outreach programs, youth-involvement events, a secret volcano headquarters, and an endowment fund.
An unprecedented collaboration of two of the musical cosmos’ most longstanding talents, Michael Bolton and Kenny G grace the Crown Coliseum for an evening of soulful swooning and Grammy-winning tunes. Social activist and musical astronomer Michael Bolton belts his treasure chest of hits into the stardust, showcasing the bulletproof voice that churned out such classics as "Love Is a Wonderful Thing" and put Cupid on the dole. Kenny G, the preeminent scientist of the soprano saxophonist, unleashes the subtly snake-charming yet Herculean notes that have blown away millions of listeners and the rest of the letters in his last name. Kenny might also strut his alto- and tenor-sax skills or indulge in a pied pipe on the flute. This romantic summer evening gives concertgoers the rare chance to catch two sonic titans sharing the stage, much like watching hydrogen and oxygen making a waterfall together or a battle of the bands between the makeup and non-makeup versions of Kiss.